Diwali at Trishna

While most people spent the last weekend of October celebrating Halloween and relishing in exploring their (and London’s) dark side, we went the complete opposite way.

Celebrated in autumn, Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it represents the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Celebrations include millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings. And of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday worth its name without a worthy feast.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Which for us translated into a cocktail-fuelled late-night dinner at Michelin-starred Trishna.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

The bar menu includes many exotic twists on classic cocktails, with the Quinine Sour (created by sister restaurant Gymkhana) the most creative of the lot.

Basically a cross between a G&T and a citrus-y sour, with surprising, deeply savoury notes of curry leaf, it’s an unusual choice but one I thouroughly recommend you try.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

There’s a lot you can tell about a restaurant from the nibbles they bring you before you even order, and Trishna’s bread selection was a clear sign of the team’s attention to detail and deeply ingrained sense of hospitality.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Coming with a side of the only mango chutney I’ve ever liked. Thick, slightly sour & subtly spiced, it was a wonder in its own right.

One of many more to come, to be honest.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Paneer Tikka Anardana, with corn, raw mango, pomegranate & mint chaat.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

A delightfully light, vibrant dish of tandoor-roasted Indian cottage cheese, with sweet corn & tart pomegranate jewels.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Partridge pepper fry.

Trishna’s answer to fried chicken, the slightly battered bird is coated in a fiery sauce of Keralan spices, black pepper and sweet Indian onion.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Not one for the faint-hearted but delightful with just a little squeeze of lime juice!

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

But the real gem in Trishna’s starter crown is the Tandoori Lamb Chops.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Deeply smoky, super tender & caramelised meat, served alongside a refreshing, slightly mustardy radish slaw.

Quite simply perfect.

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Mains are a very season-focused and a touch more traditional, with rather generous portion sizes (which means we totally over-ordered and I had Michelin-starred lunches for the rest of the week #winningatlife).

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Tandoori duck (achari breast, keema naan, leg pickle, pineapple chutney)

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Wild Mushroom & Berry Pilau Biryani (with chanterelles, girolles, berries and pink peppercorn raita)

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Hyderabadi Dal (masoor-toor-channa lentils, mustard, curry leaf)

Very much the chilli on top and a good choice of side if, like us, you go for rather ‘dry’ dishes.

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And bread. Obviously.

#CarbLoverForever

Diwali at Michelin-starred Trishna, London | Cake + Whisky

Even if you’re about to burst, try to squeeze in some pud’…

We went for the most traditional of them all, Kala Jamun, served with plum murabba, saffron and rose kulfi and it was the best I’ve ever had.

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And make sure you have a taste of the petits fours… Because you’d definitely regret having naan!

Trishna, 15-17 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 3DG

Diwali at Trishna

Lima London

Peruvian food has been booming in London over the past couple of years, bringing vibrant flavours and creative dishes to the world’s top restaurant scene.

And at the head of that Andean revolution was Lima, a small smart-but-not-stuffy Fitzrovia restaurant, whose excellent work has since been rewarded with a Michelin star.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

The restaurant itself, with its scandi-meets-South-America design and its very casual vibe is an absolute gem.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Industrial lamps, comfy olive green seats, beautiful pink orchids, wall-long art pieces and a stunning glass ceiling… Lima is basically a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

But then so are the cocktails (the proof is in the blogger! ?)…

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Cuento del Diablo (Aji Chilli Infused Pisco. Triple Sec. Strawberry. Lime. Grenadine). A devil-ishly good little number!

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

The Maracuya and Rosa chilicanos.

All in all the perfect fuel for a much needed catch -up!

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Together with this beautiful butterfish pre-appetizer.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

So pretty we almost didn’t eat it (much like the rest of the menu to be honest)!

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

I’m never going to say no to free bread (hellooooo, I’m French, carbs are basically in my DNA!), and the chilli and mustard seed selection was just as colourful and flavourful as I’d hoped it would be.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

The Seabass ceviche is a classic of Peruvian cuisine and an absolute must-order at Lima.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Delicate chunks of sea bass, with avocado, vibrant yellow tiger’s milk and crunchy cancha corn.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Stunning scallop causa (with yellow potato, achiote and aji limo).

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

And the most beautiful of them all: Artichoke Amazonia (red potato, avocado, passion fruit, achiote and pea shoots).

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

So pretty in fact that we weren’t sure whether to eat it or hang it on the walls (good things Binny was stronger than me on that one!)

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

One of my favourite was this simple, yet elegant dish of braised octopus.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Served with purple corn crisps and droplets of excellent olive oil.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Brought together by a few dollops of a really punchy, olive-based purple dressing.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Creative and comforting all at once, it’s one of Lima’s signature dishes and once I really recommend you try.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Duck magret cocona.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Served perfectly pink with roasted plums and soft, moist, more-ish corn cake.

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Wafer thin Asparagus Peru (with tree tomato emulsion, sweet potato and heritage tomato).

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

And a some more of than Cusco corn cake. But I’m sure if I tell you this thing is pretty much like corn French toast, you’ll understand.

The good thing about Lima’s plates being rather on the lighter side is that we still had plenty of room for dessert!

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Starting with the Chirimoya (custard apple) parfait (with chocolate crumb and blue potato crisps, plus some hidden dulche de leche caramel).

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Following with Alfajores, and yet more dulche de leche (both in the form of ice cream and caramel cream).

Lima London | Cake + Whisky

Last but not least was the Avocado mousse, encased in a life-like chocolate casing.

Mind-bendingly good and the best proof of what a truly brilliant restaurant Lima is.

Its detractors might criticize the rather high price and small quantities. And I won’t say it’s not an expensive place. It is. But unlike many other places around the same price-point, the food you get for your money is delicious, but also healthy, creative and vibrant. Which I’m more than willing to pay the price for.

Lima, 31 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1JH  Lima Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lima London